are seriously threatened by the outside pressure of materialistic
But they may suffer even more from inner problems, especially the
lack of communication, understanding and acceptance among family
FIRES Family Communication Workshop was
born with the faith that, despite all negative tendencies or experiences,
there is a mysterious
„thermonuclear energy” of love hidden in each family.
This energy of love can be and is in fact „liberated” when parents
truly encounter and honestly communicate with each other.
Family Communication Workshop, therefore, offers families – parents
and teenage children – an opportunity of honest communication, encounter
and reconciliation through a six-hour programme. Participating families
are invited to listen to introductory talks by the presenting team,
including a team family, followed by short periods of quiet reflection
and family sharing about handout questions.
Started and conducted within the Catholic Church, Family
Communication Workshop is offered to non-Catholic or non-Christian families as
well. It is a special and unique one-afternoon experience for each
member of the family.
As a possible follow-up of the programme in their
homes, participant families are offered Around the Table,
a guidebook by Fr Gabriel Calvo. This booklet contains outlines
for twelve family meetings.
Families who want to repeat the experience of Family Communication
Workshop by using Around the Table have
twelve great opportunities to listen to each other, to communicate
and understand each other
better, to encounter and, therefore, to grow as a family (see Publications).